COVID-19

Civil Society Communications Workshop

[Monthly Meeting] NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

July members meeting via Zoom

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00pm EST/New York

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2028703180pwd=RWY2dm5QYVRGNEpwM3dmS3FVQVZVdz09

Meeting ID: 202 870 3180

Password: NGOCRIP

AGENDA

1. Moment of Silence in Honor of the Land we are on and the Native Peoples of this land.

2. Welcome

3. Introductions and Updates

4. Review of Agenda

5. Meeting minutes of June 18, 2020

6. Report of the Executive Committee

7. Speakers: Mira Kleist and Udy Bell from the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will provide insights and updates on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (Aug. 9, 2020)

8. Other Items and Announcements

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP.

[Webinar] Youth Demands For a Better Future

Live webinar: Youth demands for a better future – reforms needed for a post-pandemic future

On Thursday 16 July 2020, the Extremely Together leaders and the Kofi Annan Foundation are hosting the Last in a series of #ETDiscussions on youth, peace and preventing violent extremism, the Extremely Together leaders and Kofi Annan Foundation are hosting a webinar on youth’s demands to leaders of this world for a better normal.

As youth, what commitments do we need from our leaders and other stakeholders? What questions do we have that need to be answered for the future? How do we hold leaders and other stakeholders accountable?

Register here now: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/xvewtffx

Speaker:
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake,
United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Hosts:
Fatima Zaman & Zaid al-Rayes of Extremely Together

 

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CoNGO Notes: CoNGO is in the process of constituting an NGO Committee of Younger Generation, with working groups in New York, Geneva and Vienna. For more information about this initiative, please contact the CoNGO President at president@ngocongo.org. For the Vienna youth group. please contact Leonie Baranes at leoniebaranes@hotmail.com.

[Virtual Panel Discussion} Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 & Beyond

World Youth Skills Day 2020 [virtual panel discussion]

Owing to the COVID-19 situation, the celebrations of the World Youth Skills Day 2020 will have a virtual format. A panel discussion will bring together multiple stakeholders in skills development including young people, member States, TVET institutions, the private sector, 4 workers’ organizations, policy makers and development partners. An online discussion with the audience will follow.

RSVP: cutt.ly/WYSD2020

The World Youth Skills Days is co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, together with UNESCO, ILO and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth.

The objectives of the World Youth Skills Day 2020 are to:

● Assess the situation of young people regarding skills required for work during and after the health and socio-economic crises brought by the COVID-19 pandemic;

● Learn how young people have been living through the crisis and mobilized; and highlight success stories of youth innovation and resilience;

● Share lessons learnt by TVET institutions and firms since the beginning of the crisis; this will include best practices in protecting apprentices, trainees and trainers and ensuring the continuity of training, and preparedness for further outbreaks of COVID-19 or other new diseases;

● Share experience in distance training, including no-tech, low-tech and high-tech solutions (use of mobile phone, TV, radio, offline and online devices, disruptive technologies such as using artificial intelligence, block chain technologies, big data analytics, drones, 3D printing, fab labs, smart agriculture, smart manufacturing, fintech, internet, etc.), and reflect on the use of distance training after the pandemic is over;

● Review prospects for skills development including apprenticeships as the economic crisis unfolds, and on the effectiveness of national recovery plans and support from development partners;

● Reflect on how skills development can help reconcile the short-term need for economic recovery with the urgent need for accelerating the transition to sustainable development;

● Launch the ILO Toolkit for Quality Apprenticeships Volume II for practitioners to improve the design and implementation of apprenticeship programmes; and

● Announce the winner of the ILO Innovation Skills Challenge Innovation Call, a global competition to identify innovative approaches to address skills mismatch.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva, visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing – NY, visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing – Vienna, visit ngoageingvie.org. For information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, email the Chair, Rosa Perla Resnick at  rositaresnick@yahoo.com or the Vice Chair, Susanne Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com.

[HLPF Side Event] Launch of the Online Technology Platform – 2030 Connect

Rebuilding Better with STI During COVID-19: Leveraging the Technology Facilitation Mechanism

Register here by July 12, 2020

The event is organized by UNDESA, UNCTAD and OICT, with support of other members of the UN Inter-agency Task Team on STI for the SDGs, and other network members. The event will bring representatives of governments, the UN, development partner organizations and other STI stakeholders.

The meeting would also invite high-level representatives of partner institutions that agree to exchange their respective technology databases. It will launch the Online Technology Platform – 2030 Connect in the context of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism and COVID-19.  It will be a new starting point for feedback and support, discussing key challenges and opportunities towards the full operationalization of the Platform in the next phase. 

For further details and registration about the event, visit sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Development-Geneva, contact Jan Lonn, co-chair, at info@ismun.net or jan.lonn@abc.se.

[Virtual Side Event] Cities as bridges between SDGs and citizens in a post-COVID world

Cities as bridges between the SDGs and citizens in a post-COVID-19 world: elements for socio-economic recovery

A virtual HLPF side event organized by: UN SDG Action Campaign + United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) + UN-Habitat + United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) + Italian Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (AICCRE)
Local and regional governments are key for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The SDGs have become a tool for many cities to rebuild trust and communicate with their citizens. Within the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, local action is going to be key to “turn around” economic and social behavior to create opportunities for socio-economic recovery under a new light for the 2030 Agenda. 
Join a discussion on local action, which is key to turning economic and social behavior around to create opportunities for socio-economic recovery under a new light for the 2030 Agenda. The event will also bring the recommendations of the Venice City Solutions 2030 organized in October 2019 focusing on the role of the SDGs to create citizenship.Speakers
  • H.E. Ambassador Stefano Stefanile, Chargé d´affaires, Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations
  • Stefano Bonaccini, President of the European Council of Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), President of AICCRE and President of the Emilia Romagna Region (Italy)
  • Edward Miño, Executive Director of CONGOPE, Consortium of Autonomous governments of Ecuador
  • Pier Paolo Baretta, Deputy Minister, Ministry for Economy and Finance, Republic of Italy
  • Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)
  • Marina Ponti, Global Director, UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Carla Rey, Secretary General, Italian Association for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (AICCRE)
  • Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, UCLG

[Webinar] Strengthening Southeast Asia’s democratic health after COVID-19

Live webinar: Strengthening Southeast Asia’s democratic health after COVID-19

Organized by the Kofi Annan Foundation

According to the V-Dem Institute of Gothenburg University, some governments in Southeast Asia have experienced different levels and forms of democratic backsliding under the cover of pandemic-related emergency measures. Our panelists will present the regional situation and explore ways of restoring, and even invigorating, democracy in Southeast Asia as it emerges from the pandemic.

ModeratorVeronica Pedrosa, journalist from the Philippines

PanelPresident Ramos Horta, former President, PM, Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; member of the Kofi Annan Electoral Integrity Initiative Senior Panel
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, former UN USG; former Executive Secretary of the UN ESCAP; member of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age (KACEDDA)
Dr Thant Myint-U, Historian; former UN official; Chairman of U Thant House

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on CoNGO’s Regional Committee in Asia-Pacific, please visit facebook.com/ngocongoRCAP.

[Virtual Side Event] Catalysing action at the frontlines to support transformative pathways

HLPF virtual side event: Catalysing action at the frontlines to support communities to achieve transformative pathways in the decade of action, delivery and accountability

Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)

Co-Organizers: Republic of Korea UN SDG Action Campaign Action for Sustainable Development, CIVICUS, Project Everyone, Save the Children, HelpAge, Action Aid

Register here now: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.phppage=view&type=20000&nr=7094&menu=2993

This year is the first year of the Decade of Action, but the impact of Covid-19 has led to massively increased challenges to delivery of the promises of transformation, more than 500 civil society groups came together in a Global Day of Solidarity to highlight that we are #StrongerTogether on 22 May. This coalition will consider:

  • Key examples of community groups that are stepping up to deliver the SDGs and respond to the Covid-19 crisis
  • The impact of Covid-19 on the SDGs
  • Lessons learned and opportunities to build grassroots momentum for the Decade of Action

 

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit ngomentalhealth.org.

[Special Event] SDG Acceleration Actions to Build Back Better

SDG Acceleration Actions is an online platform set up by UN DESA in the lead up to the SDG Summit to capture and promote new commitments and actions from national governments and all non-state actors to accelerate the SDG implementation. All Member States and other actors are encouraged to use the 2020 High-level Political Forum as an opportunity to register new SDG acceleration actions and initiatives through the online platform, including those that seek to support efforts to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic. Organized by UN DESA, the special event aims to showcase and galvanize ambitious new SDG Acceleration Actions by governments and other actors to contribute to the Decade of Action and Delivery in the context of post COVID-19 realities.

Register herehttps://bit.ly/HLPF2020AccelerationActions

For more information: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020/sdgaccelerationaction

Kind regards,
Division for Sustainable Development Goals
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Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

[Virtual HLPF Side Event] Overcoming systemic challenges to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare

Overcoming systemic vulnerabilities and financing challenges for a fairer and sustainable future- intentional collaborative actions to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare in the context of COVID-19

A virtual conversation organized by the NGO Committee on Financing for Development-NY

Panel discussion: 8:00 – 9:00 am New York Time
Breakout session: 9:00 – 9:30 am

Register by July 12: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuf-ihrjkvHdblKZvD5FxOqkbpFnnjd1U_

According to recent figures from the World Food Program (WFP), lives and livelihoods of 265 million people in low and middle-income countries will be under severe threat as a result of corona virus pandemic. This is nearly double the 135 million people in 55 countries that the Global Report on Food Crises 2020 has estimated as facing acute hunger as a result of conflict, the impact of climate change and economic crisis prior to the onset of COVID-19. ILO estimates that as many as 25 million people could become unemployed, with a loss of workers’ income of as much as USD 3.4 trillion due to COVID19 globally. The evidence from the drastic effects of the pandemic clearly speaks to a broken system , social safety nets, health care, and social protection systems, that are either severely lacking or completely missing and that will continue to amplify poverty and income, wealth, health, gender, trade, debt and market inequalities in many of the developing and least developed countries.

As Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared, “The best defense against disease outbreaks and other health threats is preparedness, which includes investing in building strong health systems and primary health care. […] If we don’t invest in both, we will face not just health consequences but the social, economic, and political fallout that we’re already experiencing in this pandemic.” Now is the time to reevaluate, invest where it is needed the most, and fix these broken systems, because if we do not nobody else will.

The panel will explore financing challenges in the aftermath of COVID -19 and strategize on how best to build effective collaboration and partnerships between, pubic private and civil society organizations to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare. Panelists will share specific challenges faced by migrants, women, workers in the informal and agricultural sectors, and micro small and medium enterprises as they strive to revive their livelihood and economy. We will hear voices from the communities most impacted by the lock downs and fall-out from COVID-19. Panelists will also share positive impacts of measures they have taken to address the challenges and propose further action to reevaluate, reinvest and rebuild.

Moderator:

Anita Thomas, Chair, NGO Committee on Financing for Development

Speakers:
Harsh Mander, Director, Center for Equity Studies, India
Ziada Nabembezi Zalwango, Co-Founder and Programs Director at ZACHEDO, Uganda
UN Member State Representative (TBC)
Representative from ILO (TBC)
Representatives from Sub-national Government / Planning Forum, Kerala, India (TBC)

Cosponsoring organizations:

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (DBA Women First International Fund), Salesian Missions Inc., New Humanity Focolare Movement, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on Financing for Development is a substantive committee of the Conference of
NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. To learn more about the work of the Committee, visit ngosonffd.org.

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